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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #330 on: May 03, 2021, 07:10:27 PM »
Barry was a great servant for years. Always seemed to have time on the ball to me. He wasn't quick but neither was McGrath. Can't believe there's so much hostility from some. It's unbelievable. I always felt he left in frustration as much as anything, and left it too late for his own ambitions because of his loyalty to Villa.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #331 on: May 03, 2021, 07:28:20 PM »
Tried to leave us for Pompey too. Sure there was another occasion he wanted to go as well ...

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #332 on: May 03, 2021, 08:46:39 PM »
Tried to leave us for Pompey too. Sure there was another occasion he wanted to go as well ...

Wasn’t it DoL trying to sell him to redknapp?

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #333 on: May 03, 2021, 08:57:40 PM »
We were rubbish but were stil cheated somehow, according to my vague recollection. Considering Sheffield United have been almost uniformly shite as far as I can remember, we don't have a very good record there. See also: Crystal Palace.

Re: Palace, it helps if the referee isn't corrupt.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #334 on: May 04, 2021, 12:26:49 AM »
I don't really mind any player wanting to leave at any point, depending on how they go about it. As I remember it, Liverpool were trying to get him on the cheap in 2008.

Barry should've either known, or had advisors who would've told him, that it's best to keep playing for your current employers, keep quiet and see how things go.

I think that letter to the fans was a dumb move, and was either because he was advised to go public in an effort to force the club to accept whatever offer was on the table, or, thinking Liverpool were willing to pay what it took to get him, a genuine attempt to leave in good favour.

I don't think Barry 'loved' Villa, but how many players genuinely do care about whatever club they're at?

I remember him as a very good, very classy player for us, and one who gave his all for us, whether out of affection or professionalism.

I don't put him in the same category as Delph, who was shite or injured for 5/6 years, went through that laughable summer, then left. I bear Delph no particular ill will, but I don't think he was ever really that good, and he left like a twat.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #335 on: May 04, 2021, 01:29:26 AM »
There's a good interview/podcast between Gareth and Mat Kendrick on youtube. He was advised to give that interview but was wary about it and took responsiblity for it. He was a classy player for us and reliable too. A rare breed.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #336 on: May 04, 2021, 11:32:29 AM »
It was a sad day when he left us. He realised he had to leave to play champions league football as did others afterwards.  Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with the likes of Jack and Ollie.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #337 on: May 04, 2021, 04:12:43 PM »
It was a sad day when he left us. He realised he had to leave to play champions league football as did others afterwards.  Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with the likes of Jack and Ollie.

Amen to that.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #338 on: May 04, 2021, 04:26:18 PM »
It was a sad day when he left us. He realised he had to leave to play champions league football as did others afterwards.  Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with the likes of Jack and Ollie.
Agreed, Gazza Bazza was a class act; gave us 12 years of his career. And there's a lesson for the club, if it were needed, that losing the first-pick player (as he became) makes the next couple of seasons pretty tough.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #339 on: May 04, 2021, 04:51:41 PM »
It was a sad day when he left us. He realised he had to leave to play champions league football as did others afterwards.  Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with the likes of Jack and Ollie.

Yes it was, a terrific player for us. One of the best in my lifetime we've had play for us.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #340 on: May 04, 2021, 05:30:15 PM »
It's strange that we never went back in for him towards the end of his career. He would have been perfect for us in the Championship.

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« Reply #341 on: May 04, 2021, 05:32:02 PM »
It's strange that we never went back in for him towards the end of his career. He would have been perfect for us in the Championship.

He'd have cost a fortune.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #342 on: May 04, 2021, 05:32:53 PM »
It was a sad day when he left us. He realised he had to leave to play champions league football as did others afterwards.  Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with the likes of Jack and Ollie.

Yes it was, a terrific player for us. One of the best in my lifetime we've had play for us.

Agreed. Cracking player and was gutted when he left.
Not many footballers spend 12 years at one club as well.

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #343 on: May 04, 2021, 05:48:10 PM »
Weird that we might even have another legend called Barry .

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Re: Gareth Barry: Retired
« Reply #344 on: May 05, 2021, 09:37:10 AM »
I really liked Gareth Barry he gave us great service.

 


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